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Conference | A Revolution in Taste: Francis Haskell’s Nineteenth Century

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on October 14, 2015

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From the conference website:

A Revolution in Taste: Francis Haskell’s Nineteenth Century
St John’s College and the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 23–24 October 2015

A two-day conference is to be held at St John’s College, Oxford and the Ashmolean Museum to explore the work of art historian Francis Haskell (1928–2000). Writing at the intersection of cultural history, art history and the history of ideas, Haskell made a seminal contribution to the study of the formation of taste in nineteenth-century Britain and Europe.

The conference will revisit terrain mapped out by Haskell in Rediscoveries in Art, namely the transformation of the art world between the 1770s and 1870s, a period when war, revolution, plunder and state-formation brought fundamental changes to the knowledge of and trade in Old Master paintings. Distinguished speakers include scholars and curators from Britain, France and Italy. The conference aims to comprehend the forces which transformed how art was acquired, displayed and interpreted in the nineteenth century. But it will also grapple with the methodological and philosophical issues raised by Haskell’s provocative approach to the history of collecting.

Both days of the conference will be held in the auditorium of St Johns College, Oxford. Delegates at the conference will receive lunch, teas and coffee, and a wine reception at the Ashmolean on Friday 23rd from 18.00 to 19.30 (this event is free although places are limited so it is essential to register). The fee for attending both days is £80 for professionals (£35 for students); the cost of attending for just one day is £45 for professionals (£20 for students). Registration for the conference is open until October 15th. To book, please follow this link.

The conference is organized by Dr Tom Stammers, cultural historian at the University of Durham and visiting Deakin Fellow in Oxford (2014–15). For all inquiries contact Tom directly (t.e.stammers@durham.ac.uk) or write to the conference email address francishaskell2015@gmail.com.

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F R I D A Y ,  2 3  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 5

9.30  Registration

10.00  Welcome remarks by Tom Stammers

10.10  Keynote 1 | Nicholas Penny
Chair: Craig Clunas

11.00  Session 1 | Rediscoveries in Post-Revolutionary Europe
Chair: Christina Anderson
• Charlotte Guichard, Naming the Artist: Attribution and Artistic Expertise at the End of the Eighteenth Century
• Xanthe Brooke, William Roscoe (1753–1831) and His Collection of North European Renaissance Art in Liverpool
• Véronique Gerard-Powell, The Altamira Collection and the Sale of Spanish Art in London

12.30  Lunch

13.30  Session 2 | Art and Interpretation in Nineteenth-Century France
Chair: Frances Suzman Jowell
• Camille Mathieu, Breaking Up the Museum of Rome: Mobility and the Antique in the Napoleonic Era, 1796–1817
• Richard Wrigley, Ingres’ Monsieur Bertin and the Vicissitudes of Bourgeois Taste
• Juliet Simpson, Reimagining the Northern Nineteenth Century: Art and the Politics of Patrimony in the French Third Republic

15.00  Coffee

15.30  Session 3 | Private Palaces of Art
Chair: Arthur Macgregor
• Susanna Avery-Quash, Rediscovering John Julius Angerstein’s ‘Other’ Art Collection at ‘Woodlands’, Blackheath
• Stephen Lloyd, From Venice to Knowsley: The Rediscovery and Conservation of Borgognone’s Series of Paintings on Silver-gilt Leather, The Children of Israel
• Pauline Prévost-Marcilhacy, The Pereire Brothers and Collecting in the Second Empire

17.15  Keynote 2 | Charles Hope
Chair: Geraldine Johnson

18.00  Wine Reception at the Ashmolean

19.30  Dinner at the Ashmolean Restaurant

S A T U R D A Y ,  2 4  O C T O B E R  2 0 1 5

9.30  Registration

9.45  Keynote 3 | Stephen Bann
Chair: Julia Langbein

10.30  Session 4 | History, Images and Criticism
Chair: Ludmilla Jordanova
• Donata Levi, Rediscovering Crowe
• Jenny Graham, Afterlives: Rewriting Giorgio Vasari in the Nineteenth Century
• Jon Whiteley, Francis Haskell and Nineteenth-Century French Art

12.30  Lunch

13.00  Session 5 | Exhibitions and Ephemeral Museums
Chair: Linda Whiteley
• Jeremy Warren, A Nineteenth-Century Phenomenon: The Birth of the New Kunstkammer
• Cécilia Hurley Griener, Juggling with Masterpieces in the Long Nineteenth Century
• Bénédicte Savoy, Les Spoliations Napoléonniennes (communication en français)

14.30  Coffee

15.00  Session 6 | Collecting Dynasties
Chair: Adriana Turpin
• Charles Sebag-Montefiore, The Barings: A Dynasty of Art Collectors
• Dora Thornton, Reinterpreting a Rothschild Schatzkammer at The British Museum: The Waddesdon Bequest
• Tom Stammers and Silvia Davoli, Orléans and Bonaparte in Exile: Collecting at the End of the Age of Revolutions

16.30  Keynote 4 | Pascal Griener
Chair: Matthew Walker

17.15  Closing discussion, with Larissa Haskell